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Friday, November 19, 2010

Spotlight On Author: Ciara Gold

Happy Friday All,

I'm sorry I haven't been around much. I've been editing and writing and reading and family life...so it's been busy on my end.

However, I am happy to introduce to you a friend of mine, and commenter on this blog, Ciara Gold.

Ciara writes everything from Sci-Fi Fantasy Romance to Fantasy to Historical. She's got quite the imagination (loved the idea of dragons--don't know it is, but sometimes dragons fascinate me).

I've read one of her Sci-Fi Fantasy Romances called Celestial Dragon (which has dragons in it for all you dragon lovers).

Anyway, without further ado I give you...Ciara Gold!

Me: In Celestial Dragon you mixed Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance together, what made you decide to do that?

Ciara: Good question. Is "dunno" a valid answer? Seriously, I was pressed for time and after cutting my writing teeth on a historical western, I wanted to write something where I wasn't constrained by facts. While I did do some research, I wasn't bogged down in extensive research. With "Celestial Dragon", I could use my imagination to build the worlds, the societies, etc.



Me:  Most of your books are ebooks, what novels aside from Celestial Dragon will be available in regular print?

Ciara: The sequel to "Celestial Dragon", "A Noble Sacrifice" and a historical western, "Once Jilted" are available in regular print. The rest of my books are available in print as PODs.


Me:  For Fun: Since I know you're into art, who's a favorite artist of yours and why?

Ciara: I adore Salvador Dali's work. Surrealism speaks to my warped imagination and often inspires some of my scenery.


Me:  I read about how you ended up with Champagne Books. Could you tell us more about them?

Ciara: I signed on when they were brand new on a recommendation from a fellow writer. I must be happy as all my books are published through them. The owner, J. Ellen Smith, is professional in her dealings with all her authors, but she's also approachable. My edits are done in a timely manner and the cover art is some of the best I've seen. They're based out of Canada.


Me: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Ciara: Publishing is not for the faint of heart. It takes discipline, determination, dedication and vision. While waiting for acceptance of your submission, continue to hone your craft and familiarize yourself with the industry. Joining writer's organizations is highly suggested. The friendships and support from groups like RWA and Epic are worth their weight in gold.


Me: What part of the writing process do you most like?

Ciara: I love listening to my characters carry on conversations in my head. I also love layering stories, weaving in those subtle story lines that help pull it all together in the end. To me it's like a giant puzzle.


Me: For Fun: What's your favorite color?

Ciara:  Red-violet.

Me: What do you most enjoy writing? Your Historicals or the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance?

Ciara: That's a hard one to answer. I love writing best whatever I'm working on at the time. Right now, I just finished edits on a Victorian fantasy and I'm in love with the hero. But while working on "The Keeper of Moon Haven", I kept getting visions of a western, so .... might be working on another historical soon.

Me: When's your next release?

Ciara: "The Keeper of Moon Haven" releases this December and I'm very excited about this one. I'm already working on a sequel for it. And the cover by far is one of my favorites to date.


Me: Anything else you'd like to add?

Ciara:  Just a heartfelt thank you for allowing me to visit today. Thanks so much for wonderful questions and the opportunity to chat about my work. For any that are interested, I post all first chapters on my website so folks can "test drive" the book first. Come visit me at www.ciaragold.com

Thanks, Ciara! It was fun getting to know you better and I wish you the best with the release of The Keeper Of Moon Haven


Pretty isn't it? If you click on the picture it'll take you to a blurb about the book so you can learn more about Ciara's December release :-)

Have A Fairy-Tale Fantasy Friday!

17 comments:

Tess said...

Ciara, you are such an inspiration! Lovely cover too!!! Great interview, ladies.

Ciara Gold said...

Thanks Bethany for hosting me today and thanks Tess for your kind words. I miss seeing you at meetings. I'm just going to have to figure out a way to make one and soon.

Bethany said...

Tess,

Thanks for dropping by and supporting Ciara :-)

Bethany said...

Ciara,

Hope you make it out sometime. Thank you again for doing the interview :-)

Victoria Roder said...

Enjoyed your interview, Ciara. Your cover is beautiful!

Allison Knight said...

Love that cover. And I also like your advice about working at impoving your craft. I don't believe you can ever learn enough.

Ciara Gold said...

Thanks Victoria! yeah, I'm thinking about getting this printed out big and framing it for my office. It's my best cover to date, I think. And Allison, I'm still amazed at the new things I learn each time a new crit partner looks at my work or each time I attend a workshop on craft. Can we ever know it all?

Phyllis Campbell said...

Hi Ciara! It's nice to read your interviews. Even though I've known you for years, I still learn a little bit more about you. I can't wait for your story to be released. Out of all the stories I've critiqued of yours, The Keeper Of Moon Haven is my favorite! I can't wait to get a copy for myself!! You are truly an inspiration to me. Love ya!

~Phyllis~

Ciara Gold said...

Hey Phyllis! but if it wasn't for you and your influence, I probably wouldn't be published, so it goes both ways. Love you big time!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Great interview, Ciara - that is one of my favourite covers!

Ciara Gold said...

Thanks Rosemary. I heartily agree. I was jumping up and down when they sent it to me.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Great interview. The book sounds wonderful, but to Jerry McQuire ya...you had us at dragon!

Bethany said...

Angelica,

Wonderful! I don't think Ciara's new book has dragons in it but "Celestial Dragon" has dragons in it, and I think "A Noble Sacrifice" might, too. I haven't read "A Noble Sacrifice" yet. Thank you for coming out and supporting Ciara :-)

Bethany said...

Phyllis,

Thank you for coming out and supporting Ciara! :-)

Bethany said...

Victoria,

Thank you for coming out and supporting Ciara
:-)

Bethany said...

Allison,

True enough! Thank you for coming out and supporting Ciara :-)

Bethany said...

Rosemary,

Thank you for coming out and supporting Ciara :-)